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Lakeside Chalet – Camas, WA

Lakeside Chalet - Camas, WA
Lakeside Chalet – Camas, WA

The other day, my daughter and I went to one of our usual breakfast places, the Lakeside Chalet in Camas, WA. It’s situated right on the edge of Lacamas Lake - great place for boating, but I wouldn’t swim in it unless you fancy growing fins – it’s not the cleanest lake around though very pretty…

The Chalet is the kind of place the locals love because the food is consistently good and there’s plenty of it. It wasn’t until I was sitting down that it occurred to me that I should share this local haunt of mine. Duh!

The restaurant, a family operation owned by Nick and Paula Stanley, will be celebrating its 30-year anniversary soon. Paula, a longtime Camas resident, bought the vacant building that had previously been a Dairy Queen back in the 1970′s. Since then, she and her family have been offering up home-style fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Great bacon!

Great bacon!

During our visit, I asked “What is your specialty”? The answer was “Bacon”! I had a déjà vu moment having just eaten great bacon at Carol’s Corner Cafe in Vancouver. Nevertheless, I ordered the French Toast breakfast and found standard fare with very good bacon, indeed.

While we were waiting for the bill, I took in my surroundings. The wait staff was in the process of transitioning from harvest to Christmas decore. One of the little gimmicks of the place is that every table has a unique set of salt and pepper shakers. I was admiring the pilgrim set on my table when I overheard one of the staff tell another customer that the shakers were for sale. Cool! I bought my little pilgrims and they went home with me to grace my Thanksgiving table. Spendy scale: $

Other Offerings 

  • Also serving lunch and dinner
  • Homemade pies
  • Catering
  • Meeting space
  • Children’s menu

Contact Information 

 Lakeside Chalet Restaurant
3533 N.E. Everett St.
Camas, WA  98607
(360) 834-3430
 
 Lacamas Lake
  
Hours: 

Sun – Tues:  6:30am-2pm

Wed – Sat:  6:30am-8pm

Nearby Attractions


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Natalia’s Café – Camas, WA

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Natalia's Cafe - Camas, WA

Besides honoring our veterans on a rainy Veteran’s Day, I couldn’t think of anything better to do than to stick close to home for hearty home-cooking. That didn’t mean I was willing to settle for a bowl of Weetabix and toasted rye…no.  Instead, we took a short drive to Washougal’s neighboring town, Camas, and visited Natalia’s Café. I love the black and white diner look of the place and the overall hometown feel that comes with good service. 

This is another one of my favorite places where I can always count on a good meal for breakfast or lunch. I intended to go for my usual – the Traditional Breakfast (minced ham and eggs, a generous portion of crispy hashbrowns and toast). Instead, I ventured forth and tried a new item on the menu – Russian Meat Stuffed Crepes. 

Russian Meat Stuffed Crepes

Russian Meat Stuffed Crepes

This dish was a pleasant surprise and I felt quite virtuous as this was a lower fat option than my usual. These homemade crepes are stuffed with grilled ground beef and caramelized onions. They are served with a generous dollop of sour cream and a bowl of fresh fruit. I enjoyed them very much – even without the sour cream which, alas, I cannot eat. 

While I enjoyed my meal, I picked our server’s brain about the history of the place. Ben is Natalia’s nephew and he manages to keep all the tables served single-handedly. Natalia Zhikharevea is from Uzbekistan and has lived in the United States for about 16 years. Six and a half years ago, she opened up Natalia’s and has successfully thrived where others have failed. I think the key to this success is the close knit family that runs the restaurant, the fresh-tasting food cooked to order, and the courage to introduce new things, thereby teaching old dogs new culinary tricks.

I recommend checking out her bakery counter. Everything is made from scratch every morning with different delights on different days. Apple Strudel, Caramel Fingers, Apple Pie, Apricot Cake, Napoleon, and Spinach and Bacon Quiche were the tempting treats of the day. 

Other Offerings 

  • Breakfast served all day 
  • Lunch:  Try the Russian Goulash – delicious! 
  • Homemade Jams on the table 
  • Open for dinner on Camas’ First Friday Main Street event 

Contact Information 

Natalia’s Café 
437 NE 4th 
Camas, WA  98607 
360-834-3421 

Hours: 

Tues – Sun: 7:30 AM – 2:30 PM 

Also open the first Friday of every month for dinner. 

Nearby Attractions 


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